On Changing Traditions
December 7, 2014
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Not for its historical significance, but because I enjoy the tradition of cooking and feasting with friends and family, no strings (gifts) attached.
As time has passed, the routines surrounding this tradition have changed in subtle ways, reflecting the shifts that have occurred in daily life. I feel these changes most acutely this holiday season as the last of my living grandparents, the matriarch of my family, passed away last week, and as the baby girl in my belly makes grandparents of my parents. Nothing stays the same forever, but routines usually linger around long enough for us to feel nostalgic about them, and to bring them back into our lives somehow in an effort to remain connected to the important events and people of our past. Thanksgiving won't be the same next year for me or my family, but it will be reminiscent of and in remembrance of.